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White, Ramsdale And Tomiyasu In Contention | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal Lineup Vs Norwich City

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Arsenal are desperate to get back on track as they take on Norwich City. The Gunners are heading into GW 4 as the bottom club in the Premier League, but the international break has given them the time to regroup and help Mikel Arteta plan his setup around all the new players brought in during the summer transfer window.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Norwich City

Defence

Mikel Arteta has been boosted by the return of the marquee signing of Ben White while deadline day addition Takehiro Tomiyasu is available to start as well.

White remains a guaranteed starter, but this time around, he will have the privilege of operating in his favoured centre-back role, most likely alongside Pablo Mari.

Things get interesting elsewhere, with Hector Bellerin’s late departure leaving Arteta with Cedric and Calum Chambers as the direct option at right-back. Fortunately for him, new signing Tomiyasu can operate in that position and is in contention to start this weekend, with Kieran Tierney remaining a guaranteed fit on the opposite flank.

Finally, in goal, Bernd Leno’s time might be up after conceding five goals against Manchester City last time around, as Aaron Ramsdale hopes for his first start for the club.

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Midfield

Arteta is a little short-handed in midfield, where Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny are unavailable either due to suspension or injury. The Spaniard is also unlikely to start with Thomas Partey even though the former Atletico Madrid star has returned from injury.

As such, Albert Sambi Lokonga could be set for a berth in midfield, and alongside him, there could be a rare starting opportunity for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The Englishman made headlines following his Instagram story, but this will be an opportunity for him to make an impression and that too in his desired midfield role.

Attack

In the attack, Bukayo Saka has been in good touch during the international break and is a favourite to start out wide alongside Nicolas Pepe. The two will be key as Arsenal look to break their scoring woes up against the Norwich City defence this weekend.

Martin Odegaard, on the other hand, will be the creator-in-chief for the Gunners, as he looks to provide the supply for the main striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arteta has no shortage of options, though, with Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette also pushing for a start while Emile Smith Rowe is an alternative for Odegaard.

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